Kelly Ripa isn’t sweating over Kathie Lee Gifford’s shady comments about her book

What do Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee Gifford have in common? Well, for one thing, they both worked for years with Regis Philbin on one of the most popular talk shows in recent memory. Gifford appeared on the show from 1985 to 2000 (via NBC’s Today), and Ripa replaced the star in 2001 (via IMDb) after a long search by the producers. Today she’s still in her hosting chair, but this time alongside Ryan Seacrest.

Well, Ripa wrote a book called Live Wire in which she described (among many other things) her time with Philbin and how it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. According to Us Weekly, Ripa said Philbin didn’t give her much eye contact during her first show, and there were still a few things that annoyed her. “My name had to be smaller than Regis’ name on ‘Live!’ Title card and branding,” she wrote. “A game of inches, that speaks for itself. But we agreed on that. In an interview with People, Ripa also said she had both “good” and “bad” days with the late Philbin had.

When Gifford caught wind of her former co-host’s negativity, she threw a small shadow at Ripa. “I won’t read the book. I did not read it. I don’t even know if it’s out yet,” she said via Yahoo! Entertainment. “I just know what Regis was to me. He was the best partner anyone could ever have professionally for 15 years, but he was my friend.” Now Ripa claps back.

Kelly Ripa appears to be shadowing Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kelly Ripa doesn’t seem bothered by Kathie Lee Gifford’s comments. The two have been in a war of words lately, and as of this writing, Ripa has the last word…at least for now! The talk show host appeared on the podcast Not Skinny But Not Fat, where she revealed she had yet to see Gifford’s interview. “So I tend not to dig deep into things that I can’t comment on because I haven’t seen them,” she confessed. Ripa elaborated on this while defending herself, asking whether to “correct the recording in real time” or “not even comment.”

The current “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” star added that she knows that writing the book would “open” her to a lot of outsider opinions, but it’s all in context. “People who read the book have a very different perspective on those chapters because they’ve read the book,” the mother of three added, seemingly alluding to the fact that Gifford didn’t read it. She also noted that all press is good press. “I’m a person who tends to take a negative and turn it into a positive. And so my ultimate comment is, thank you,” she said, adding that anyone who reads the book might have a different opinion on it.

Ripa’s book Live Wire is currently on the New York Times bestseller list, and it’s safe to say that the excitement surrounding her beef with Gifford may have helped!